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newsrel -- ARB fines manufacturer $278,000 for air quality violations tied to sales of cleaning wipes

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:12:48
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources
Board: http://bit.ly/1pfa44B


July 24, 2014



Melanie Turner

(916) 322-2990


ARB fines manufacturer $278,000 for air quality violations tied
to sales of cleaning wipes 

22 tons of excess air pollution emitted

SACRAMENTO- The California Air Resources Board has fined
international manufacturer and distributor of optical products
Carl Zeiss Vision Inc. $278,000 for selling general-purpose
cleaning wipes that violated California’s air quality

An ARB investigation revealed that for more than three years Carl
Zeiss Vision, which has its U.S. headquarters in San Diego, sold
cleaning wipes in California that exceeded a volatile organic
compound content limit of 0.5 percent for general purpose

VOCs are regulated by the ARB because they react with other
pollutants under sunlight to form ground-level ozone, a main
ingredient in smog. In this case, it is estimated that close to
22 tons of excess VOCs were emitted as a result of sales to

“ARB is constantly working to ensure that products sold to
consumers in California meet the standards for smog-causing
chemicals,” said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “By working
with manufacturers to reduce VOC emissions we have, to date,
successfully reduced statewide emissions by about 230 tons per
day compared to 1990 levels.”

Zeiss manufactured and sold a product for cleaning eye glasses
called Lens Cleaning Wipes. Additional cleaning claims made on
the product label placed it into a general-purpose cleaner
category and, as a result, made it subject to the related
air-quality regulations.

The case was settled in April 2014 for an initial payment of
$240,000, with an additional $38,000 to be suspended for 18
months pending a reformulation attempt. The company has since
relabeled packages for the wipes to indicate they are to be used
solely on optical glass, a use that is exempted from the VOC
limits. The additional payment would be triggered if the company
is unsuccessful in reformulating the product.

All monies collected are paid to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to
improve California’s air quality.

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